Men behaving badly

About a week ago "comic" Lil Duval was asked on the radio program The Breakfast Club what he'd do if he found out a woman he had a relationship with was transgender.

This might sound messed up, and I don’t care. She dying. I can’t deal with that.

--Lil Duval

When cohost Charlagne Tha God told him "you can’t go around killing transgenders," he did not back down:

If one did that to me and they didn’t tell me, I’m going to be so mad I’m probably going to want to kill them.

In a year that is stacking up to be among the most deadly for transgender people in the U.S., Duval’s comments rang of the “panic defense” used in court by those who kill LGBTQ people to justify their violence. As states introduce legislation to push trans people out of public life, the remarks resembled the rhetoric employed by the Christian right to cut off trans people’s access to bathrooms. And, for their part, DJ Envy and Charlamagne demonstrated how the media “cosigns” transphobia when they allow these narratives to go unchecked, according to Ashlee Marie Preston, the editor in chief of Wear Your Voice.

[The comments] reinforced the criminalization of transgender women by communicating the lie that we're all deceptive sexual predators who trick men into having sex with us

--Preston

On Wednesday Duggar family Member Derick Dillard a 28-year-old adult attacked 16-year-old Jazz Jennings on Twitter. Apparently the husband of JIll Duggar was pissed that Jennings show replaced the Duggars on TLC, until his wife's new series Counting On was picked up. Upon seeing an advert for I am Jazz, Dillard became a twit:

What an oxymoron... a "reality" show which follows a non-reality. "Transgender" is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God.

There was pushback

On Wednesday Duggar family Member Derick Dillard a 28-year-old adult attacked 16-year-old Jazz Jennings on Twitter. Apparently the husband of JIll Duggar was pissed that Jennings show replaced the Duggars on TLC, until his wife's new series Counting On was picked up. Upon seeing an advert for I am Jazz, Dillard became a twit:

What an oxymoron... a "reality" show which follows a non-reality. "Transgender" is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it's ordained by God.

There was pushback:

Is it necessary for a grown man to throw shade at a teenage girl?

--Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller

I want to be clear. I have nothing against him. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here.

--Dillard

That clearly was not going to quell the fire.

You mean her. Use the right pronoun if you have no issue.

--a user

If you are upset with TLC calling HER a HER than maybe you shouldn’t be apart of the reality TV network that pays your bills.

--another user

Bullying a teenage girl? How brave and "godly" you are.

[email protected] Kasprzyk

Jennings eventually tweeted:

Every day I experience cyber-bullying, but I keep sharing my story. Today was no different.

--Jennings

All TLC would say was,

Derick Dillard's personal statement does not represent the views of TLC.

Sweetie I wouldn't brag about that speck of dust on your finger. You married a delusional piece of shit, and he's probably hiding he's gay.

--Jax Taylor, Vanderpump rules

I thankfully have no idea who most reality show people are. Nor do I listen to any radio beyond NPR.

As trans people face challenges to their rights at the federal and state level, as well as hate crimes, addressing Duval’s harmful statements “is urgent. It is not a matter of opinions; this is life and death.

--Jamal Lewis, filmmaker

When it comes to the bathroom bills, when it comes to trans folks in the military, when it comes to trans folks in the churches, when it comes to trans folks in school, when it comes to trans folks at the dinner table, we have got to recognize the real message is that society doesn’t want trans people in public space. We need to look at how every space needs to be safer.'

--Angelica Ross, TransTech Social Enterprises founder and actress on Claws

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